"Alina Bzhezhinska… a modern-day supremo, is the among the best contemporary harpists”
“Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet… throws a spellbinding party to awaken the senses”
London Jazz News
…Bzhezhinska shares with Alice (Coltrane) a mastery of the jazz harp.”
★★★★★, The Times
Internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska has a strong reputation for innovation. This time she creates a unique sound on the harp with layered effects and electronics, supported by UK leading artists Mikele Montolli (bass), Joel Prime (percussion) & Adam Teixeira (drums). Through a combination of original works and covers, she pays homage to some of jazz, funk and hip-hop’s greatest innovators. AlinaHipHarp quartet draws from a variety of influences, including the likes of Dorothy Ashby’s ‘Afro-harping’, Alice Coltrane’s spiritual outputs and Pharoah Sanders’ free form jazz experimentation. Bzhezhinska’s new album REFLECTIONS is due for release in 2022.
AlinaHipHarp Quartet Line Up:
Alina Bzhezhinska – Harp
Mikele Montolli – Electric Bass
Adam Teixiera - Drums
Joel Prime - Percussion
Jay Phelps - Trumpet
Vimala Rowe - Vocal
Hi Resolution Photographs:
by Tatiana Gorilovski
Bzhezhinska stormed the UK music scene when her quartet appeared at the Barbican during the EFG London Jazz Festival alongside Denys Baptiste and Pharoah Sanders - and has been nominated for Best Live Experience of the Year at the 2018 Jazz FM Awards. Later she produced her critically acclaimed album, Inspiration (Ubuntu Music), featuring award winning saxophonist Tony Kofi. She has since performed at the London Jazz Festival, Edinburgh International Festival, Royal Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and the WOMADelaide Festival in Australia. Her collaborations include Kamaal Williams, Shabaka Hatching and Ursula Rucker.
Bassist Mikele Montolli (Verona, Italy) has performed and recorded with such great artists as ''Sun Ra Arkestra'' Knoel Scott quartet and Marshall Allen, top U.K. Jazz singers Julie Dexter and Heidi Vogel, and L.A. saxophone legend Don Menza, thus building an extensive music vocabulary based on Afro-American tradition fused with years of classical training and experimental form-free music. In 2017 Montolli released his debut album "Satellite House”.
Adam Teixeira is a drummer, percussionist, composer and educator from Toronto, Canada currently based in London. Versed in many world rhythmic vocabulary, Adam mixes various influences with a unique and modern expression. “Adam Yeixeira alternates with perfect intuition between pushing forward and supportively underpinning at the drums.” – Ian Ballamy.
Australian drummer/percussionist Joel Prime has become an important addition to British jazz. Winner of 'Australia's Best Up & Coming Drummer' competition in 2011, his versatility across congas, drum kit and all manner of Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion has created the opportunity for Joel to perform with Tony Kofi, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, Mr Little’s Noisy Band, Felix Riebl and The Copasetic Foundation, amongst others.
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AlinaHipHarp Quartet - Technical Rider
Harp (Electro-Acoustic Harp)
1 x electro-acoustic harp, 2 loop pedals (provided by the artist)
2 x XLR leads
1 x SM58 (for announcements) on a tall boom stand
1 x Monitor
1 x Fender Precision Bass (provided by the artist)
1 x Pedal Board/ Reverb, Delay, Loop Pedal, Overdrive (provided by artist)
1 x Bass Amp Head and Cabinet (preferably AMPEG head), 1 x XLR
1 x monitor
1 x Jazz Drum kit
18” bass drum
14”, 12”, 10”, 8” toms (2 x for bass drum mount + 2 x for cymbal stand mount) - (NO floor toms) – but if required we could look into organising a 14” floor tom
Hardware: 1 x hi-hat, 2 x boom cymbal stands, 2 x straight cymbal stands, snare stand, bass drum pedal, drum throne, drum mat
All drums with Remo Ambassador white-coated single ply drum heads.
Cymbals and kalimba (provided by the artists)
1 x Kalimba (provided by artist) / DI box with regular jack input
1 x Spd Drum pads /DI
1 x Monitor
2x congas with stands
Bongos with stand
Snare with tall stand or timbales
2x cymbal stands
1x percussion table
1x monitor speaker
All percussion instruments are provided by the artist.